How Can You Be Happy? by Ronnie Floyd

QUESTIONS ONLY GOD CAN ANSWER
"HOW CAN YOU BE HAPPY?"
JAMES 1:12-18
MAY 27, 1990
INTRODUCTION: Everyone desires to be happy in life. In
James 1:12 the word "blessed" can be translated "happy".
I believe God wants people to be happy, regardless of their
circumstances. THIS MESSAGE IS ONE ABOUT ATTITUDE!
Why are some people unhappy? There are many reasons,
however, let me share why some persons are unhappy:
(1) Failure
(2) Trapped in. si-
(3) Wrong understanding of God
T.S.: This morning it is my intention to help you learn
how you can be happy according to this section of Scipture.
Let's evaluate what the Word of God teaches to us about that
much asked question in our day, "How Can You Be Happy?"
1. FINISH LIFE AS A WINNER AND NOT FALTER AS A LOSER.
(1:12-13)
Exp: "who perseveres under trial"-demonstrates constancy
or staying power when he is put to the test.
"been approved"-passed the test with blazing hope,
not a passive attitude.
"receive the crown of life"-crown spoken of here is
a head wreath which was the winner's crown in
the Greek games. Crown of life refers to real,
meaningful, genuine life. Not only on earth,
but eternally in heaven.
"Lord has promised"-He is faithful to do it.
"love Him"-Crown of life is for those who love Him
through the tests of life, not obey Him or trust
Him. Where there is love, there is surrender
and trust!
"let no one say"-God does not tempt people, Satan
does. Temptation is not sin. If we are not
careful, the testings on the outside may become
temptations on the inside.
Ill: Israel constantly turned testings into temptation.
Delivered from Egypt and for three days no water.
When they found it the water was bitter. They be-
gan to murmur and complain. What God intended for
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good, Satan turned it into bad.
App: A trial is your test. A temptation is your
choice to respond to the trial in the wrong
manner.
To finish life as a winner means you keep the
proper perspective of your tria ...


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